Real-time predictive pest network game changer for in-paddock pest monitoring
Editorial written by ADAMA for the Spring 2020 Seasons Magazine.
A new unique pest monitoring network is set to dramatically improve insect monitoring and crop checking processes for growers and agronomists across Australia.
The Trapview Predictive Pest Network developed by ADAMA, launches to the market this month as part of the company’s ongoing drive to provide Australian growers and agronomists with the latest AgTech solutions to support improved productivity.
ADAMA has been working with the Trapview technology in Australia for over seven years and can now offer Australian agriculture the first integrated network of smart insect traps for predicting pest pressure.
Trapview utilises revolutionary technology in a fully integrated system to provide an innovative, simplified solution for monitoring insect populations.
It operates by capturing images and providing digital recognition of lured pests using Trapview smart traps. Pest populations and their dynamics are then shared across the network of traps allowing for near real time monitoring of pest movements across a large area.
ADAMA Australia AgTech & Innovation Manager, Andrew Newall describes the network as a game changer for pest monitoring which will compliment crop checking activity in the paddock, providing additional insight across a wider geography.
“We’re excited to launch the first of its kind Trapview Predictive Pest Network to the Australian market.
“The network will provide agronomists and growers with near real time insight on pest activity within their region, allowing greater understanding of pest pressure, optimised choice and precise timing of control options,” says Andrew.
“Subscribers will not only receive pest information within their region but also state based pest pressure for the network they subscribe to, saving agronomists time when monitoring crops for insect activity, as well as allowing more effective communication with their growers.”
The ADAMA Trapview Predictive Pest Network will initially launch for four keys pests across key growing regions in Australia, including Helicoverpa (armigera & punctigera), Green Mirid, Diamond Black Moth and Codling Moth. The entire network will consist of some 500+ remote traps that will initially span from Central Queensland all the way around to South Australia with the capacity for network expansions over the next year.
Casey Onus, Agronomist at B&W Rural in Moree who was heavily involved in the trial phase of the Green Mirid network in Northern NSW says the major learning from last season was that they can utilise technology to increase the efficiency of their scouting, making them more productive as agronomists.
“We found the accuracy of the Trapview units was good, they matched what we were seeing with our scouting in the field. We had a couple of traps which picked up mirids before we were able to find them in the field which was re-assuring and gave us confidence in the units working,” says Casey.
“The density of the Trapview network gave us a lot of assurance in the data. Before having the Trapview units in the field we suspected we were getting a lot of mirids flying into the crop, but with Trapview we were able to see that they were actually building up in the crop.
“You’re only scouting twice a week, so you don’t know what you’re not getting. Having the Trapview units gave us the confidence that we weren’t missing anything.”
Results can be accessed on desktop and mobile devices via the Trapview App, with the system providing rapid pest alerts to the licensed user allowing awareness of the pest situation near them, enabling a more timely and strategic application of control options. They will also receive daily and weekly reports detailing pest detection, pest movement and development stages.
Photographs are captured daily and are then archived using a cloud-based system, allowing users to be aware of the pest situation in the field.
“We’re constantly looking for opportunities to align AgTech developments with our crop protection products to deliver an overall package which adds greater value and user experience for our customers,” says Andrew.
For further information on ADAMA’s Trapview Predictive Pest Network or other AgTech solutions, visit www.adama.com/microsite/agtech or contact your local Elders agronomist.
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